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Title IX banned sex discrimination in schools in 1972. It is best known for breaking down barriers in sports for women and girls. It also requires fair treatment for pregnant and parenting students, protects students from bullying and sexual harassment and more.

See updated information on the U.S. Department of Education proposed regulation on federal Title IX.


At NC State, we are committed to ensuring that every member of our community enjoys an environment free of sex discrimination and sexual harassment. Consistent with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, NC State does not discriminate against students, employees or members of the community on the basis of sex in any of its programs or activities. Sexual harassment (including sexual violence) is a kind of sex discrimination and is prohibited by Title IX and by NC State.

Title IX requires that all educational institutions that receive federal funds or financial assistance prohibit sex discrimination in their education programs and activities. These provisions apply to all programs and activities, including recruitment, student admissions, financial assistance, housing, access to academic offerings and athletics.


All educational institutions receiving federal financial assistance must designate at least one employee to coordinate their efforts to comply with and carry out their responsibilities under Title IX. Title IX coordinator(s) are expected to play a critical role in helping a school ensure that every person affected by its operations, including faculty, staff and students, is aware of their legal rights under Title IX and that the school and all of its employees, through its policies, procedures and practices, complies with its legal obligations.

The Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity implements and monitors NC State’s Title IX compliance procedures. The vice provost for institutional equity and diversity is the Title IX Coordinator and works in partnership with three deputy Title IX coordinators.

Sheri Schwab

Sheri Schwab

Title IX Coordinator

Michelle Lee

Michelle Lee

Deputy Coordinator


NC State’s Equal Opportunity and Equity Policy prohibits discrimination based on sex in compliance with Title IX and other related federal laws. See below for related laws and policies.

The Jeanne Clery Act, a consumer protection law passed in 1990, requires all colleges and universities that receive federal funding to share information about crime on campus and their efforts to improve campus safety as well as inform the public of crime in or around campus.

In April 2011, the Office for Civil Rights issued a “Dear Colleague Letter” reminding educational institutions to address incidents of sexual violence not only as crimes, but as violations of Title IX as well.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a federal law that prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin or religion.

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on race, color and national origin in programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance.

The Equal Pay Act of 1963 is a federal law amending the Fair Labor Standards Act, aimed at abolishing wage disparity based on sex.

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) is an amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions constitutes unlawful sex discrimination under Title VII.